Project brings water relief

2016-03-02 06:00
OS DU RANDT (centre) is flanked by learners of the Zastron School and members of the Cargo Carriers team. Photo: Supplied

OS DU RANDT (centre) is flanked by learners of the Zastron School and members of the Cargo Carriers team. Photo: Supplied

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CARGO CARRIERS,a transportation, logistics and supply chain service provider, has responded to South Africa’s water crisis by joining hands with Water Shortage South Africa (#WSSA 2016) to supply water to the farming community of the drought-stricken Zastron area.

Falling into one of the five provinces that have been declared disaster areas – the Free State, KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga, Limpopo and the North-West – the breathtaking Zastron surrounds is the commercial centre for cattle, sheep, maize, wheat and dairy farming and has sadly now become another casualty of the drought.

Located in some of the most picturesque countryside in the Eastern Free State, just off the N6 and north east of Rouxville, Zastron nestles at the foot of Aasvoëlberg and is the proud home to the only Cape vulture colony in the province.

On 10 February, water, the elixir of life, was transported from Johannesburg to Zastron in support of the children attending the Zastron High School; a small school with approximately 400 students from gr. 1 to gr. 12.

The learners’ faces lit up in excitement as the Cargo Carriers’ vehicle arrived, complete with bottled water aboard.

To their utter delight, local sporting hero and celebrity Os du Randt arrived to spend time with them and Cargo Carriers, discussing the importance of water conservation.

The former Free State Cheetahs and South African Springbok rugby player stressed the value of “water, the gift of life” to the young people, explaining how we all have a role to play in conserving this much-needed commodity.

With typical Free State hospitality, Rene Roos, the principal of the Zastron High School, and her team ensured Cargo Carriers and the beloved Du Randt were well taken care of.

Providing transport and water in this collaborative project has been a humbling experience for the Cargo Carriers team.

Marketing director Andre Jansen van Vuuren expressed the company’s views on the project.

“We are proud to be associated with our partners, the Zastron High School, Os du Randt and #WSSA 2016, in this essential project that is changing lives and making a positive difference,” he said.

“Working together with fellow South Africans on projects of this nature is indicative of the spirit of our country. We thank them all for their participation. We also wish to express our sincere thanks to our drivers, Clement Selometsi and Johannes Thabane, as well as branch manager Rudi Coetzee.

“With such an exceptional team aboard, we could ensure the gift of life was delivered timeously and safely,” added Van Vuuren.

#WSSA 2016 or Water Shortage South Africa is a spontaneous initiative that sprung up on Facebook and has gained momentum through social media.

Never sold, never bought, never sponsored, only donated by South Africans for South Africans, is the motto of Water Shortage South Africa.

The greatest positive outcome of the worst drought in decades is the togetherness shown by South Africans, organisations and businesses.

Some call it Ubuntu.

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